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The Lending Library

af Aliza Fogelson

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I am a person that likes to read books about bookworms, libraries, bookstores, etc. When I saw the book's title while browsing the kindle unlimited lists, I thought I would enjoy it more than I did. There were times I felt the characters were trying to be too many things to too many people.
The whole idea of Dodie setting up a library in the sunroom of her house was rather quaint, and she and the town she lived in came across as a little quirky. However, even though I knew that motherhood was going to be a theme, once it was introduced, the novel's flavor and tone changed.
I don't know if it is a good or bad sign that I found myself annoyed by Dodie - she was made out to be selfless initially but quickly became self-absorbed.
Dodie's relationship with Seph has lack of communication, and all the problems begin and end there. Having secrets and not communicating is a recipe for a bad relationship.
On the other hand, I like the sister relationship Dodie has with her sisters and her mother and stepfather.

TW: Parental abandonment issues, fertility, adoption. If fertility/desire to become a parent is a tough subject for you, I wouldn't suggest picking up the book. ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Jan 27, 2021 |
The title of the book - The Lending Library - was the reason I chose to read the debut novel by Aliza Fogelson. Sadly, that entire storyline becomes almost a side note in the entire book. It gets lost as does almost every other story thread because there are too many. I am disappointed that this was not the book I expected. I was definitely not the right reader for what this book actually is.

Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2020/09/the-lending-library.html

Reviewed for NetGalley. ( )
  njmom3 | Sep 19, 2020 |
Thank you to NetGalley for this book. Upping it to 3.5 stars.

I really wanted to read this because of the library theme. It reminds me so much of my and other Little Free Libraries out there in the world but in a different type of setting which was Dodie's home, her sunroom to be exact when the library which is like her second home, closes for 2 years for renovations.

This book was so much more about books and her library. It was about love, adoption, death, family, and so much more. Her sisters Coco and Maddie were a hoot and all of her library friends who helped her out. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Sep 9, 2020 |
A pandemic read. ( )
  bookczuk | Aug 12, 2020 |
SO, in this #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo moment, why on *EARTH* pick up a privileged white lady's story of how Becoming A Mother and fulfilling the needs of her wacky New England neighbors for light reading and doing it all by herself dammit!!?

Because it was deeply silly and mostly fun and, while *extremely* not in step with the moment, I needed it right now. No, I don't have a lot of patience for Motherhood Completed Me stories. And she named her victim, I mean adoptee, TERABITHIA for fucksake, which is as cruel a piece of child abuse as anything I've ever heard! But Dodie's the kind of silly little child in a woman's body that would, in fact, feel that way.

That said, Dodie's actually kind of a cipher, not a fully-rounded character, simply moving the pieces of the plot from A to B then D after that L and screw all those other letters, they're probably Not Our Kind. It's set in 2008, which made Dodie the biblioholic's ignorance of ebooks puzzling. I think, though, that it was more ignoring not ignorance, so I got as far past that as I could. And her nesting instinct, her deep and ongoing self-criticism that she can not manage a busy life, wifehood, motherhood, the library, etc etc as effortlessly as she thinks she should be able to? Well, she's never a wife and no one made you a mother and let's face it, Muffin, no gold stars for Doing Your Best in this our life. Still, she feels these negative things about herself for no very good reason (abandonment issues can be overcome, Do, and it's not like someone in your place can't access the resources.)

Dodie's past as an "artist" in New York City was risible. As described, her art (based on her supposed friends' responses to it) wouldn't get her a Brookly café's wall-space, still less a reviewed show in a gallery. I don't think giving Dodie's sister a Black husband was all that relevant to the story; like giving Dodie herself a lesbian BFF, a soul-sibling whose death in the first part of the book leaves little apparent mark on her life. Just more window dressing, more piece of plot to make into plotsicles.

Oh, desserts! Yes, let's not forget one of today's most popular light-fiction tropes: Lots and lots and lots of sugary stuff described in lingering, sensual detail. This was, I admit without shame or blushes (he blushed shamefacedly), a big reason I kept going with the read. Well, that and the fact that I wanted Shep-the-love-interest's big secret to be he was a big ol' 'mo like all Dodie's buds back in Brooklyn were. The sort-of-stupid references to the male gaze that Dodie craves and invites in terms of desserts is less charming, though...and I am guilty of telling my Young Gentleman Caller that he's sweeter than condensed milk. (In his defense he mimes vomiting every time I do.)

Why would I recommend you read it? I would honestly say that it's an undemanding read that will, without meaning to or even wanting to, cause the least reflective among us to question our assumptions and the more Woke to examine our privilege, looking at how very, very deep it is from the outsider's vantage of an unchallenging-for-privileged-white-folks, like me, of an afternoon's read. ( )
  richardderus | Aug 1, 2020 |
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